Cirrus Des Aigles storms away with his third Group 1 winPICTURE: APRH
Cirrus Des Aigles turns Ganay into a procession
Report: France, Sunday
Longchamp: Prix Ganay (Group 1) 1m2½f, 4yo+
CIRRUS DES AIGLES (Corine Barande-Barbe/Olivier Peslier) landed his third Group 1in impressive fashion in the Ganay, taking the lead early and slowly pulling away from his rivals to beat Giofra and Reliable Man with contempt.
Peslier took things up in the back straight and set a steady gallopon the winner, before injecting pace into the contest rounding the home bend to stretch the field.
Entering the home straight Cirrus Des Aigles was three lengths clear of his nearest pursuers and pulled further clear under nothing more than hands and heels urging from Peslier to win by eight lengths.
"I'm delighted because it's his first Group 1 in France," said Barande-Barbe,who led her stable star back to an unusually enthusiastic Longchamp reception and waved to the crowd in appreciation.
"It's not 100 per cent certain where he goes next but I don't think he's had a very hard race, so if he comes out of it okay he'll go to Singapore over 1m2f on May 20."
Peslier added: "He was better today over this distance. He was relentless and he was able to use his speed.
"Last time, over a mile and a half, was just far enough. But he has real speed, not for a mile but over 1m2f."
Sunday's win comes just four weeks after Cirrus Des Aigles defeated a world class field in the Dubai Sheema Classic.
The Michael Bell-trained Wigmore Hall was never in a position to mount a challenge, eventually finishing a distant fourth under Hayley Turner.